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Fees in General

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The Sheriff's Civil Division is required by law to charge fees for most civil services. All fees will be paid prior to performing any service (Govt. Code 6103.2). For your convenience some of the more common fees are listed below. In addition to the civil process fee, other costs may include charges for moving, storage, towing, recording, publishing and keepers, etc. Any unused portion of the fee is refunded. The civil process fees are added to the judgment which increases the amount the debtor must pay to fully satisfy the judgment. The Sheriff is entitled to fees whether or not the service is completed and we cannot guarantee that our service will always be successful (Govt. Code 26736 & 26738). There is an additional fee of fifty cents for each page copied at the Civil Division.

General process - $40.00 per person served

Earnings Withholding Order - $35.00

Bench Warrant (Civil) - $50.00

Writ of Possession (Eviction) - $145.00

Bank Levy - $40 for each bank served

Property Levy - $1,500.00*

Notary - $15.00

Keeper: 8 hr - $240, 12 hr - $380, 24 hr - Speak to Supervisor*


*Keeper levies in excess of twelve hours imply a seize and sell levy. Contact the Civil Division to discuss other fees such as professional inventory services, moving, storage, publishing, the conducting of a sale by the Sheriff's Civil Division, crop harvesting, etc.


For seizure and sale of business inventory, a minimum of $1,500 fee deposit is required to conduct an inventory of the business and maintain keeper custody until the inventory can be removed from the premises. More may be required depending on the size and complexity of the levy.

Fee Exception
The Sheriff's Civil Division does not charge a fee to serve a domestic violence restraining order. The Civil Division will accept a court ordered fee waiver for those documents under the case number of the fee waiver. While any peace officer can serve a restraining order at the scene of a domestic violence incident, if the protected person requires a proof of service signed by the Sheriff's authorized agent the order and supporting documents must be first delivered to the Civil Division with the requester's Letter of Instructions for service. Otherwise, the protected person must provide the serving peace officer with a proof of service to sign and deliver to the issuing court.


 Payment can be made by cash, check or money order.
Check or money Order must be made to:  Kings County Sheriff's Office

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